Ok, so I know this is a hot topic right now. Black people all over the world are engaged in heated discussions on whether or not Black people (as a whole) should vote for Barack Obama because he is Black? While I am not suggesting that you nor I vote for any candidate who will represent everybody with an American passport throughout the world solely because of their race or sex, I am asking why not? Why isn't being Black an adequate enough reason (partial or whole) to vote for Obama?
- Being Black was more than enough reason for us to be stripped of our culture, heritage, spiritual beliefs, customs,
languages, traditions, land and ideas.
- Being black has been more than enough reason for us to be treated worse than animals since our arrival as enslaved people here in the new world.
- Being Black has always been the only reason needed to lynch, rape, oppress, tar, burn, degrade, beat, enslave and murder.
- Being Black has always been a good enough reason not to allow someone to have a decent meal, use a clean bathroom or have access to education.
- Being Black has always been a good enough reason to create laws that limit you Black ability to exercise God given Human rights.
- Being Black has always been reason enough to deny a job, give a higher interest rate, require a higher credit score or more references than non Blacks.
- Being Black has always been a reason to suspect, pull over, intimidate, beat, shoot, arrest w/o cause, speculate, jail, streotype and label special ed.
And the list goes on and on and on. Now that we, Black people, have a reason to be excited we are once again being tricked by those who don't want us to believe that being Black is a good enough reason for anything. That Black alone or as a main ingredient can't be good for nothing but entertaining. Singing and dancing. That Black is still Black and it ain't worth shit unless it's sanctioned by something not black. Something far from Black. Something a lot closer to white.
Black now has a reason to believe that hope just might be something real. That hope just might be more than a four letter word and could possibly be connected to more than Jesse Jackson. That just maybe, if there is a Black president, Black people around the world just might get a little bit more respect. That maybe some of our young boys will find a reason to value their lives and look with excitement to manhood. That maybe some of our men will find reason to value their women and see what's so great about being a husband and a father. That people people will stop saying "You speak so well!" as if its such a rarity amongst us. That maybe yes, it is the same 'ol political game and but this time a different player has entered the arena. That maybe people will see an image of a Black man and women in solidarity supporting each other. That maybe although the institution of racism is so intertwined into daily American life, Barack will still some how find a way to make a difference for Black people. That maybe Black people will begin to regain their sense of pride, family, community and solidarity for each other. That maybe for once Black people will realize that it is ok to put Black people first. That you can't seriously begin to heal this nation until someone with the authority to represent the United States to the world admits and acknowledges the fact that America is the world's Superpower built on the backs of Africans now known as black.
And I know Black is not an automatic prerequisite for doing right for Black people, however, I wholeheartedly believe that this time is different. That Obama will make a difference! That amongst those who have to choose from, he is not only the best candidate for me, my family, Black people worldwide, but for this oh so troubled nation.
So, again, I know Black people all over the world are engaged in heated discussions on whether or not Black people (as a whole or individuals) should vote for Barack Obama because he is Black? While I am not suggesting that you nor I vote for any candidate who will represent everybody with an American passport throughout the world solely because of their race or sex, I am asking why not? Why isn't being Black an adequate enough reason (partial or whole) to support for Obama?